Phoenix Remains on the Road to Battle Penguins

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: January 18, 2013
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By Justin Grones (@JustinGrones)

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( - After winning in a come-from-behind thriller at Cleveland State on Thursday night, the Green Bay women's basketball team (13-2, 3-0 HL) will wrap up a trip to Ohio with a visit to Youngstown State (11-4, 1-1 HL) on Saturday night. Green Bay will look to win its ninth straight in the matchup, which is set to tip at 6 p.m. central time.

In the win against Cleveland State, Green Bay overcame a forgettable first half in which it trailed by as many as 12 points. After shooting just 26.1 percent from the field in the first half, the Phoenix shot 50 percent from the field in the second as it slowly chipped away at the Vikings' lead. Senior Sarah Eichler (Grafton, Wis.), who scored a game-high 17 points, banked in a three with 1:35 to put Green Bay on top 52-49. After nine lead changes and three ties in the half, Green Bay ended the back-and-forth battle and sealed the win.

Youngstown State has been the surprise of the Horizon League this season, compiling an 11-4 record after finishing last in the Horizon League annually since the 2008-09 season. The Penguins have won four of their last five, and wrap up a two-game homestand against Green Bay after defeating Milwaukee 67-50 on Jan. 17.

INSIDE THE SERIES: Green Bay holds a 27-1 all-time record against Youngstown State and has won 14 straight in the series. The lone loss to the Penguins came during the 2004-05 season when Green Bay was defeated 60-56 at home.

Notable Matchups

Jan. 21, 1993

Green Bay travels to Youngstown, Ohio for the first all-time meeting between the two programs. The Phoenix wins 67-54, sparking a streak of 13 straight wins against the Penguins.

Jan. 21, 2002

After not facing each other for nearly eight years, Youngstown State travels to Green Bay, where the Phoenix picks up a 76-48 win in Kevin Borseth's first battle with the Penguins.

Feb. 21, 2004

The Phoenix plays Youngstown State on the road, where the Penguins take the game to overtime. Green Bay narrowly escapes with a 69-64 win.

Feb. 19, 2005

Nearly a year to the day after the first overtime game in the series, the Penguins pick up their first and only win in the series, defeating Green Bay 60-56 at the Phoenix Sports Center.

Feb. 15, 2011

No. 21/17 Green Bay hosts Youngstown State and has a record-setting day, marching over the Penguins by a score of 84-25. Youngstown State's 25 points sets an opponent low in Green Bay's Division I era, dating back to 1987.

Feb. 18, 2012

No. 11/12 Green Bay travels to the Beeghly Center where it overcomes a nine-point deficit with 59 seconds to play, forcing overtime. Then-junior Adrian Ritchie scored all nine of those points, and finished with a career-high 26 points. In the extra frame, the Phoenix rises to pick up a 77-72 win.

FOLLOW IT LIVE:  Fans can listen live on Saturday as Bruce VandenPlas will have the call on The Fan 1400 AM. Live stats and live video will also be available for the game at Youngstown State. Be sure to follow @GBPhoenixWBB and @JustinGrones on Twitter for updates throughout the game.

SCORING LOCKDOWN: Green Bay ranks second in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 47.1 points per game. The Phoenix has held opponents under 50 points in 11 of 15 games this season, and is allowing just 0.5 more points per game than Connecticut's top-ranked defense.

EICHLER'S EXCELLENCE: Senior Sarah Eichler rallied her team when it mattered most in the win at Cleveland State, and hit the game-winning three with 1:35 remaining. Eichler scored a game-high 17 points, giving her 941 points for her career. She's averaging 13.1 points per game on 44.9 percent shooting, good for 11th and ninth in the Horizon League.

WINNING STREAK NOTES: Green Bay has won eight straight games dating back to a 55-46 comeback win at Marquette on Dec. 8. The Phoenix has held opponents to an average of just 41.1 points per game during this streak, and forced a season-high 26 turnovers in  games against Marquette and Cleveland State during the streak.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE: The Phoenix will hit the road again next week, first travelling to face Valparaiso on Saturday, Jan. 26. On the way back home, the team will play at Wright State in a Monday night matchup.


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